Archive Page 2

29
Mar
10

Tarmac Ready … almost

So the other weekend we got together for a good half day to work on the car. Pulling the suspension to clean the struts, realigning the struts to allow for the wider tires, all that fun stuff. While we had the car in the garage and up on jack stands we thought it’d be a smart idea to flush out some fluids, change the oil and other “regular” car things.

After that we buttoned her all up and took her for a test drive. She handles like a proper STi again. I have been driving her with soft, squishy and STUDDED tires for the last 3 months whenever I took her out. I almost forgot what a tarmac setup feels like. I managed to score a great deal on the tires that we will be using for the next event and subsequent hill climbs this year. They should be arriving here this week. I guess the Easter Bunny will be dropping them off with all the candy!

A pic of the tarmac setup (not our sticky rally rubber yet)
Photobucket

Here is a pic of the new front bumper all painted and unwrapped.
Photobucket

Advertisements
18
Mar
10

Bag ’em and tag ’em

I finally get to pick the car up tomorrow. I had to travel which meant a delay on bringing her home but we’re back in business tomorrow. She’s all ready to go with the paint repairs from our meeting with the oak tree in WRNY. Next up is a Saturday of sunny weather and suspension cleaning. We’ll be taking the RSSP’s out to clean them up and lowering the car to tarmac specs. I’ll also go through the car and change the fluids of course for the next rally, which is only 3+ weeks away!

We might even take the car out into a fresh clearing for some gravel fun before pulling the suspension off, maybe make a little video for you guys…

Here are some cell phone pics of a bagged Rally car waiting for her ride home …

Photobucket

all the damage fixed and looking pretty good
Photobucket

09
Mar
10

reaching new frontiers of the interwebz …

OmG We’Re On FaCEBook!!!!

now if you’re wondering whats going on with the team and you’re too lazy or forgot the site for the Blog we have a facebook page. It will have similar stuff of the blog, pics, stories, events and soon coming TEAM: Pin It To Win It swag …

Check it out, become a fan, have your friends become fans and stay in touch with us at TEAM: Pin It To Win It through our Rally Season

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/TEAM-Pin-It-To-Win-It/352320258349?ref=ts

05
Mar
10

fresh paint – no pictures yet

so the fresh new OEM bumper and fender got some lovely World Rally Blue paint. I apologize for the lack of pictures but the car is about an hour away from me.

The next stop is to vinyl for the rally livery we all love. In the mean time we’ll be stripping out the RSSP suspension to clean them after the snow event. Making them all fresh for the New York tarmac.

p.s.- if you live under a rock, go to wrc.com and check Ken Blocks stage times and follow his progress through Rally Mexico -WRC.

18
Feb
10

A welcomed rest

So the team decided to take a few weeks off from anything “car” related. I sourced out the parts needed to get us up and running for the next event. Roger, Chris and I set aside a couple hours a few Saturdays ago to get her back in fighting shape for Rally New York USA in April.

Here are some pics of the damage and the new parts…

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Now that she’s back together it’s off to paint and then for some replacement stickers! We’re hoping to have her all dressed up mid march and have all the details sorted out for April’s event!

Stay tuned for the rebirth pics

28
Jan
10

Video Page Updated

The video page has been updated with a nice collection of stages from a spectator!

Go check it out !!!

26
Jan
10

Winter Rally New York – 2010

So we managed to make it back alive from our first staged rally event. I could probably babble forever about it but I’ll try to keep it short with as much visual excitement as possible.

Friday we loaded up the truck with as much as we could shove in there. We don’t have any spares so most of the space was taken up by tools, jacks, jackstands and anything we could use to keep the car together. Seeing how the weather wasn’t cooperating we brought along three types of tires. We had gravels just because, studless winter tires if the conditions called for it and of course the mandatory studded winter tires. After the truck was loaded and all our tires were on the trailer we headed on our way to EFI Logics to pick the car up. We were putting the crew at EFI under the gun as the last adjustments on the car took to the last-minute.

We arrived at EFI @ 1pm Friday afternoon and there she was waiting for us. We quickly packed up the car, strapped it to the trailer and after getting some last-minute good luck talks from Chris and the crew we were back on the road. This time with the car!

Photobucket
(joe and rog posing)

We made it to the main service parking around 4pm Friday and had to do some last adjustments to the car before tech, mainly in the trunk area. Of course we also had to put on all the “Rally Flair” for the event which we received after registration.
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
(rog putting some final touches on)

After the stickahs were placed and the car ready for tech we rolled in and crossed our fingers.
Photobucket

We got our “OK” and the day was over.

Saturday morning came and I think I got a total of 4 hours of sleep. I sat in bed and thought about every possible scenario that could play out. The good, bad and unexpected. Recce started at 815 but being 20th seed we had plenty of time to get ready and transit to Rally Headquarters. After Recce was through we headed into service for Expose. Lined the car up and waited for the Ceremonial start.
Photobucket
(anxiously waiting)
Photobucket
Finally the stages started and the car got its first taste of Rally! We took it slow the first few stages to get a feel for not just working together but also the conditions. Saturday was an unseasonal 45 degrees by race time which made for a sloppy, mud, ice, snow mix. We decided to focus on nothing more than driving and reading the notes so we made the easy choice for studded snows at whatever pressure Treadzone decided to mount them at and left the suspension however they came. No need to complicate an already complicated job. As the stages progressed and the daylight faded we were increasingly pushing harder. After the first two services we were clean through 4 stages and already moving up the board due to some DNF’s caused by extremely unpredictable conditions. With daylight gone it was time to mount up the pod and head into the woods. Rallying is enough pressure, rallying at night would again bring a serious dynamic to the race. Two night stages through, and after a very close call with a tree on stage 6, and we were back on transit to Parc Ferme’ for the night. A good clean day of racing put us in 10th overall.
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Sunday was an early morning, stages started at 8:30am so we were up and off before the sun decided to join us. Freezing temps over night basically turned the stages into an ice hell. Pushing would have to be well planned and caution would prove  a great asset. Going through the stages confidence was beginning to rise as we found ourselves slowly climbing the standings and by second service found ourselves in 8th overall. Old Mother Nature decided to throw us a curve ball and add sleeting rain to the mix. Confidently heading into stage 10 we were out to continue a great rally but an extremely icy L4 downhill into R4 would prove to much for not only me to handle but the studded Ipikes as well. We lost the rear left into a snow bank and slowly got sucked in, losing all hopes of getting out clean, we impacted a tree and luckily bounced out of the snow. Quickly we were back on stage, trying to regain our confidence and some lost time. Luckily it was a short transit into service where we tended to the damage. Thankfully the bumper beam did exactly what it was designed to do and absorbed/deflected the blow from the tree away from the radiator avoiding a certain DNF since we had absolutely no spares. We ripped the front bumper off, cleaned up the headlight and bent the hood back a bit returning to the stages a bit shook up.

With two stages left we had one thing in mind, finish the rally. Slowly throughout the day other teams times began to get slower and other unfortunate teams DNF’d with uncorrectable offs. We stuck with being conservative and only pushing when we knew for certain we wouldn’t find ourselves in trouble.
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

Closing in on the last flying finish, I’ve never felt such relief. All the pressure and overall happiness rivals that of anything I’ve experienced. We finished the final stage and headed on our way back to final check in. After our slight wait we rolled in happy to finish, waiting in line we heard a rumor that we might have clinched 3rd in our class, AWD open and 4th overall, more then any of us would’ve asked for!
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
(joe so happy to get out of the car, bernie obry had to assist. bernie is an awesome guy by the way and really helped the newb crew out!)

Now it was time to celebrate not only a “clean” finish but our podium finish with a bit of the bubblie. In the words of joe “Champagne make it Rain!”
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

In all it was an amazing weekend. We went out with nothing more than a car, some friends and came home with some awesome memories!

The damage to the car is minor and parts are already being sourced for the next event. We have roughly 8 weeks to get her back in fighting form for Rally New York -Tarmac, the second event of the New York Rally Championship!!

We’re looking forward to bringing you another great story and plenty more pictures!

TEAM: Pin It To Win It would like to thank some people who made all of this possible for us.

EFI Logics – Chris, Jack, Pete and Rob – without a doubt, couldn’t have done it without their help! The car took an absolute beating. It not only smiled doing it but ran extremely well. It’s great to focus on driving and all the other things associated with the event and not if the car is going to blow up or have a mechanical meltdown. Again, thanks!

Voodoo Graphics – All the support to get us there – literally

Most importantly our families and loved ones for supporting us through it all!!!!
I would like to thank Rog and Diogo for sticking through the whole weekend and lending all they could. Joe for letting me take you on a death trip and anyone who checks out this rambeling.

We’ll hopefully have some better images of the event soon so check in from time to time. Videos will be posted up later as well!!!

-Rally On




November 2017
M T W T F S S
« Jun    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  
2010 Season
Rally New York - Snow - January 23-24th -- 3rd in Class 4th Overall
Rally New York - Tarmac - April 16-17th - 3rd AWD regional - 6th Overall
Wicked Big Meet - Wachusett Mountain June 13th
New England Forest Rally - July 16-17
Okemo II Hillclimb - August 7-8
Burke II Hillclimb - August 28-29
International Rally New York - September 10-11
Mt. Ascutney II Hillclimb - September 18-19

The “To Do List” …

Organize the Co-driver area
Vinyl the replacement body parts
Make PITWI swag

FACEBOOK

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/TEAM-Pin-It-To-Win-It/352320258349?ref=ts